Allright, now itīs possible to provide the required information.
In the last years the market of digital cameras has been rapidly
growing and many manufacturers provide models in the low to mid-prize
I tested several cameras in the last years and use (and love!) a
Panasonic DMC LC 40 at present. Why the Panasonic ?
Please forget all the stuff you may read in ads about megapixels as a
sign for quality of a camera. Very important is a good lens system as
itīs always the key to good results and Panasonic decided to cooperate
with the very famous manufacturer Leica. Most photographers will be
enthusiatic about the superb quality of Leica optics, a company that
has a lot of experience and an excellent reputation in the
manufacturing of high quality cameras.
And Panasonic is one of the best companies in the field of electronic equipment.
The DMS LC 40 is very compact, when doing my concert photography I can
put the small camera in my trouserīs pocket. So the camera is robust
as well, another advantage you may find useful.
The Pananasonic DMC LC Series use a Leica DC Vario-Summicron Lens.
When I saw the cameras features I thought that me as an amateur could
not afford it as it seemed to be (and indeed is) a semi-professional
I was very happy to find out that the camera was in the affordable
mid-prize region. Two years ago I paid about 700 Euros for my LC 40
but prices have reduced and the camera will be available at less than
200 $. Thatīs the very best value you can get for your money !
Sure it has a red-eye reduction built in, but you will be astonished
that rather often you may take photos without having got to use the
flash as the optics are really excellent.
Here are some technical key features of the camera:
"4-Megapixel CCD yields up to 2240 x 1680 pixel images
LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 3x f/2 zoom (33 - 100mm 35mm equiv)
1.8-inch color LCD
320 x 240 QuickTime Movie mode w/audio up to 75 secs
Auto, Program AE, Aperture-priority, Shutter speed-priority and Scene
Auto Exposure Bracketing of 3 or 5 frames
Multi or Spot metering
Built-in multimode flash
ISO sensitivity; Auto, 100, 200 or 400 fixed
Five second audio notes can be attached to images
A/V output with selectable NTSC or PAL video
Epson PRINT Image Matching compatible
Secure Digital or MultiMediaCard removable storage
Lithium rechargeable battery 1400mAh and charger included"
( http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/lumix_lc40.html )
I found a very good offer for the DMC LC 40:
$ 199,95, shipped within 1-3 days at:
If you should have problems to get the LC 40 (as thereīs a new model
out) please ask for the DMC LC 43.
In case i could not convince you of the superb quality and the
excellent prize/value relation of the Panasonic DMC cameras some
others Iīve tested:
(Very cheap ! about $ 110; I tested a similar one. Condsidering the
low price the results are ok although not in the range ov the
Still Iīd go out and get the LC 40 as long as itīs available !
As promised some photos taken with the LC 40:
( http://www.guildo-online.com/Startseite/2003/Marl/p1010758/P1010758.jpg )
I hope this helps to solve your problem. If anything should still be
unclear please post a clarification request.